Friday, September 3, 2010

What's in a name?

Before you start reading this post, do me a favor.  Turn on your volume, get comfy, and click play on this youtube clip.  Thanks. 

There are no pictures in the video, which is perfect, because I want you to LISTEN.

That's Sufjan Stephens singing a really cool version of one of my favorite hymns, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing."  I've always loved this hymn, mostly for the melodic qualities.  But recently I've become more attuned to the words, and I keep getting hung up on the mention of Ebenezer in the 2nd verse.  Anyone else? 

So, I googled it, of course.  It's NOT a reference to Ebenezer Scrooge, duh.  Ebenezer is a Hebrew word which means, "stone of help."  If you want the longer version, read I Samuel 7.  For the shorter version, the mention of Ebenezer in this song is simply an acknowledgement of the great help that God has given to the ones who receive it as their blessing.  A stone of help, I like that.  Who couldn't use a reminder of God's graciousness? 

While I don't think I will be naming any jewelry designs "Ebenezer" anytime soon, it's not out of the question!  Some of you have asked me how I decide on names for my designs.  I haven't always named them, but since I opened my Etsy shop, I realized that it would be a good idea to do so.  At times, it's difficult to come up with a name.  But then, other times I know exactly what I'll name a piece. 

Coffee with Liesel

One morning last year, I strung beads
over a cup of coffee with my friend
Liesel at her home. 
Island Time

The design of this bracelet reminded me of a watch with
the round coconut shell in place of a watch face.  When on an
island, who needs to know the time?  It's Island time!

Sometimes it's all about the timing of when I make something.  For instance, this pair of earrings was designed around the time this past winter when my alma mater's basketball team was headed to championship tournaments.  They are the EMU Royals, and another name for basketball is hoops, and the color of the crystals is royal blue...get it? 

Royal Hoops
And then often I name pieces in honor of someone.  But that's another post, another time.  I've taken up too much of your time already for today. 

Perhaps if you're lucky, you'll have the words of this amazing song in your head all day. 
Tune my heart to sing thy grace...


  1. Just thought I would let you know that I gave you a follow :) You make lovely pieces! I hope you enjoy the pieces you bought from me :)


  2. I used to name all of my pieces but no longer do so.
    I just named them all actually names that I liked and I named them after friends if the piece reminded me of them:)

  3. Such a beautiful hymn ... one of my favorites! I love the words ... tune my heart... I see my daughter tune her violin and the fine tuning it takes to do that ... in order to make beautiful music the violin has to be tuned... so applicable to our lives.


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